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Researcher in Applied Microeconomics and Quantitative Public Policy at the California Policy Lab at UCLA

Position overview

Position title: Researcher
Salary range: $100,000 - $150,000
Review timeline: 03/25/2024

Application Window

Open date: March 19, 2024

Most recent review date: Friday, May 24, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, May 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

About the California Policy Lab
The California Policy Lab (CPL) creates data-driven insights for the public good. Our mission is to improve the lives of Californians by generating evidence that transforms public policy. We do this by forming lasting partnerships between government and California’s flagship public universities to harness the power of research and administrative data. We work on California’s most urgent issues, including homelessness, unemployment, poverty, criminal justice reform, and education inequality. We facilitate close working partnerships between policymakers and researchers at the University of California to help evaluate and improve public programs through rigorous empirical research and technical assistance. We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent and understand the diverse racial and ethnic, gender identity, sexual orientation, educational, socioeconomic, cultural, and disability backgrounds present in California. When you join our team, you can expect to be part of an inclusive and equity-focused community.
CPL recognizes the value of having a diverse staff at all levels of the organization.

The Position
This is an exciting role for an early- or mid-career researcher who wants to design and conduct policy-relevant research with administrative data in California. The data includes roughly two decades worth of linked employer-employee earnings and unemployment insurance (UI) claims microdata for the universe of UI-covered jobs in California. The ideal candidate has expertise in labor economics, workforce development, or the social safety net. The Researcher conducts independent quantitative research, including conceptualizing research questions and designs; overseeing the requesting, receiving, and cleaning of data files; creating and overseeing the implementation of analysis plans; conducting quality assurance reviews; summarizing results in documents for both academic and policy audiences; and generating replicability documentation. The Researcher can implement and defend multiple causal research designs, including randomized control trials, quasi-experimental designs, and non-experimental designs. The Researcher will write grant proposals to support research tasks and contribute to grant reporting. The Researcher will also supervise junior staff. A successful candidate has demonstrated experience managing research projects and assigning and supervising tasks.

The position will report to the Faculty Director, and will work directly with leading social policy researchers at UC and beyond, state and local government agency staff, and CPL’s leadership team. Researcher job title and campus title will be based on experience and qualifications.

Salary Range $100,000 - $150,000

Preferred qualifications
● Record of independent research, including leading research design and analysis and writing for both academic
and policy audiences.
● Experience managing research projects, including supervising and assigning tasks to project staff.
● Experience writing grant proposals, communicating with funders, and managing grant reporting.
● Expertise in labor economics.
● Experience working with large and complex datasets, including administrative datasets.
● Knowledge of data management systems, practices, and standards.
● Ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data.
● Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work both independently and as a team member.
● Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
● Experience collaborating with government agency partners.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

● Training and experience that clearly demonstrates qualifications.
● Ph.D. in economics, public policy, or related social science field, or equivalent experience.
● Fluency in data-analysis packages from commonly used programming languages like Python, R, Stata, and SQL.

● Experience overseeing research deliverables.

Preferred qualifications

● Record of independent research, including leading research design and analysis and writing for both academic and policy audiences.
● Experience managing research projects, including supervising and assigning tasks to project staff.
● Experience writing grant proposals, communicating with funders, and managing grant reporting.
● Expertise in labor economics.
● Experience working with large and complex datasets, including administrative datasets.
● Knowledge of data management systems, practices, and standards.
● Ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data.
● Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work both independently and as a team member.
● Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
● Experience collaborating with government agency partners.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Reference check authorization release form - Complete and upload the reference check authorization release form

  • Writing Samples

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Candidates must supply the names and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted until the final stages of the interview process and only after the candidate has been notified that references will be contacted. Reference checks will be conducted by phone by member(s) of the search committee.

Apply link: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF09282

Help contact: kelletaylor@ucla.edu

About UCLA

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the University of California’s Affirmative Action Policy, please visit https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-035.pdf.

For the University of California’s Anti-Discrimination Policy, please visit https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/1001004/Anti-Discrimination.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA